Fast rising boy band group Ethic Group Entertainment has apologized to anyone who found their latest song Tarimbo offensive. Tarimbo was released a couple of days ago. Immediately after its release, many Kenyans expressed their anger claiming the song advocated for rape.
Predictably, Kenya Film and Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua called for the banning of the song, which is still up on YouTube and has so far garnered more than 675,000 views.
In the apology, sent via their social media pages, the group said they were “truly remorseful for any dolor (distress) caused by the lyrics to our single, and for every single person that was triggered to a displeasing memory or emotion by it.”
The Lamba Lolo hit makers further mentioned that the song was never meant to propagate hate against any person and more so women.
It has come to our attention that our latest single ‘Tarimbo’ has stirred up mixed reactions and elicited various negative interpretations from different quarters. As recording artists, it is our sole duty to entertain our fans and NOT deploy our content to propagate hate against
— ETHIC (@ethicofficial) November 4, 2019
The apology elicited mixed reactions from netizens with some offering free advice.
Re-do tarimbo but with more appealing lyrics remember what p unit did to their song wen it was rejected, the you guy song…..jus do the same otherwise we fully support UA works 😊
— Denyol Stanlee (@stanlee_daniel) November 4, 2019
Others called for the song to be pulled down.
Apology doesn’t mean a thing unless the damn song is pulled down. If the song is still out there you are saying “sorry but not sorry”
— muthoki nzioka (@peninahnzioka) November 5, 2019
The quartet compromising of SWAT (Mtoto Wa Eunice), ZILLA, SESKA and The hook maker REKLESS burst into the limelight in 2018 with their club banger Lamba Lolo. They went on to release other songs including Chapa Chapa and Figa. The latter was pulled down from YouTube after A.I Records ( a subsidiary of Universal Music Group) complained of copyright infringement.